Eating for Beginners

BNR contributor Melanie Rehak delves into the kitchen of a Brooklyn restaurant for a year-long discovery of the choices and compromises involved in putting food on the table, and in our mouths. Her finicky toddler adds some delightful detours on her learning curve.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…